NASCAR Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Prerace Notes

By Brian Berg Jr.
Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500 the fifth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Here is some news and notes since qualifying on Friday afternoon.

Last week Kyle Busch had troubles dropping to fifth in the standings and it would appear that it is now a two man race between Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson. It might not be, Kevin Harvick won last week and is now only 25 points behind Kenseth. Jeff Gordon has quietly been doing well and is only 32 points back.

Ricky Craven came up with a rule of 72 that is pretty handy to tell which drivers are no longer in contention for the Chase. Check here and follow along the next six races.

Jeff Gordon is letting Kenseth and Johnson know that he is ready to pounce if they falter even just a little. Gordon won the Coors Light Pole award for this race and will lead the field to green.

Kevin Harvick made a statement by winning last week that he too is waiting for them to falter. He will start the race alongside Gordon. Harvick is the most recent winner here can he repeat and really make a charge back into the Chase?

Kenseth and Johnson aren’t letting down. Jimmie Johnson will start the race third and Matt Kenseth seventh.

Kyle Busch won the Nationwide race here last night. Maybe that will give him the motivation he needs to win this race and get him back into contention.

As of this writing no teams have made unapproved changes to their cars and will start the race at the back.

The weather at Charlotte will be perfect for night racing.

If you can’t get to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500 it will be broadcast on national TV, ABC 7 PM ET Saturday October 12th.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for

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